Great teaching hospital with advanced technology;great RN support/education/advancement opportunities
Pros: very educational with advanced technologies
Cons: frequent deaths
This was a very busy, high acuity fresh open heart recovery unit with advanced technology, such as: ECMO,LVADs,IABPs,CRRT. I took care of pts in critical condition straight out of OR; weaning vasoactive gtts and monitoring patients for hemodynamic stability. I was often charge nurse for the day that was very challenging d/t the assignments were changed every 4 hours for acuity of patients and the nurses. I learned some very valuable communicating skills and to work with all different personalities and situations. The hardest part of this job was that many patients were so critical that they did not survive and was often very sad. The most enjoyable was working with a great team of nurses/pca's/managers that functioned as a team. Also was very satisfying when pts did well and recovered after being extremely critical.